What comes to your mind when I mention Hostel?

Hostels are cultural phenomena that for many perceive to mostly be geared towards youth. And it has also been called Youth Hostels.

Today’s Hostels is typically low-priced social accommodations where travelers rent a bed, usually a bunk bed.

The operational costs of a Hostel are cheaper than a traditional low-budget Hotel or Motel.

There have been some new Hostels that introduced single, double or quad rooms even suites in some cases. To be considered a Hostel a dormitory accommodation is required.

Hostels are a great, social way to travel and often a cheaper alternative to Hotels, and even vacation rentals. They’re a great place to meet likeminded people, share travel experiences, and even find a new travel companion. And while most hostels aren’t known for luxury details, they can offer unique experiences.

Why pick a Hostel for your next travel experience?

I got to talk with Erdis Driza who runs and operate Driza’s House, which is located in the city center of Prizren in Kosovo.

Erdis and his family renovated a typical oriental-styled Prizren house into a modern Hostel.

When you enter Driza’s House you step into a story that represents the family culture and history of the surrounding areas.

Erdis pride himself to stay on top of the local restaurant and cuisine. And he provides day tours around Kosovo.

You might not get all the amenities you find at a Hotel, but this is an about helping your guest discover what the local area really has to offer.

Erdis include simple amenities but extraordinary unforgettable experiences. As a result of this guest of Driza’s House rewards him with great reviews.

Like Erdis many Hotels team members wear multiple hats. They can be the concierge, guide, caretaker, cleaner and your private chef.

One of the great qualities of an awesome host like Erdis is how he responds to guest reviews.

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For many people Hostels immediately brings up an image of a party house.

Driza’s House is an old family house with a 100-year heritage, therefore, it was important for Erdis to provide a service that had a different perception than this stigmatic viewpoint.

He worked together with guests to help generate reviews that reflected a quiet family house, but at the same time still appealing for those that were seeking the hostel experience.

The key triggers that travelers are looking for when they check out Driza’s House are;

  1. Money
  2. Cleanliness
  3. Experience

Bookings with the hostel are typically built on trust and come primary from online travel agencies. Travelers typically see this as the fastest option to make their booking.

On Driza’s House website Erdis provides a 10% discount for those that make a direct booking – no credit card required.

Erdis take advantage of Social Media to tell a story about the location and the local surrounding areas. It all becomes a part of keeping the momentum of building trust and a relationship with his guests.

One the hostel’s website he has created a blog where the local area adds value for the travelers that want to learn more about the city.

For many travelers, the hostel experience is something really unique that helps boost their confidence collaborating and connecting with other travelers.

Hostels can be a romantic cultural getaway that will surprise travelers that never tried it before,

Within the space of  Driza’s House Erdis don’t have much room to upsell. Where he uses his skills and talents to upsell is to allow travelers to discover new alternative health options, wellness and a new exciting lifestyle.

Due to the nature of a historic family house, Erdis can’t expand his hostel. His dreams, goals, and ambition are to combine his skills of hospitality with his specialty in communication and web design.

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Be flexible and identify new ways to make guests happy.

As guest behavior and pattern continues to evolve, expectations will continue to rise. Navigating these changes can be challenging. Learn more about how we can help your Hotel.


Thanks to Erdis Driza with Driza’s House.

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Are Morch is the founder and owner of Are Morch – Hotel Marketing Coach. Get more from Are on Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Instagram| Podcast